No Gentleman Is He

Carley Bauer, Lynette Willows
No Gentleman Is He
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Tirgearr Publishing
Release Date
March 2013
Book 1 of Sons of Liberty
Historical Romance

Young, adventurous and widowed in a new land, Cassandra Courtney Brooks finds her dream of raising a superior breed of saddle horse slipping away with the death of her husband. Left with four horses, living in a tavern attic, and her scant savings depleting, she resolves to see her vision through to fruition by accepting the scandalous position of steward at Varina Farms.

Born in the image of his native ancestry, Colton Rolfe's savage blood runs through his veins. Scorned by his father, Colt grew into a man of ill temperament whose only interest is the wild equine beasts on his plantation. His desire to breed his horses with the superior Thoroughbreds of the newly widowed Cassandra Brooks leads him to abandon societal rules. Colt's growing resentment toward the Crown and his assistance to Sons of Liberty missions is complicated by the discovery that Cassandra's father is a titled English nobleman.

Cassandra is soon forced to question the wisdom of her decision when she finds herself enamored with her employer. As fiery passion grows between them, Cassandra realizes her own spirit of independence, love of the land, and the savage man who is so much a part of it.

As the threat of war comes ever closer, wills are tested through gunfire, treachery, danger, and kidnapping. Does Colt dare trust Casandra with Sons of Liberty secrets? More importantly, can he trust her with his heart? And will Colt ever trust Cassandra enough to love her as she longs to be loved?

Book Review by Linda Hays-Gibbs (author,reviewer)
Dec 11, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
82 people found the following review helpful
Exciting and entertaining.

Cassandra Courtney Brooks is an aristocratic English lady, who eloped with Seth Brooks, a stable hand, into the new American colonies. Shortly upon their arrival in 1775 Virginia, Seth dies. To survive, Cassandra works at a tavern where she can also stable the horses they were breeding before Seth's death. She was a very exceptional woman for that time period to be surviving alone, especially as she was a gently-bred lady.

Casey is also a determined woman with exceptional horse flesh and breeding plans. A mare of hers is folding and in danger of dying. She confides her problem while waiting on two customers. These two customers, Jackson Lee and Colton Rolfe, offer to help her mare fold.

Colton Rolfe is a man of infinite passions. He is part Native American and treated poorly by his father and stepmother after his mom died. Despite this life that hardened Colton, he is a determined horse breeder and rich man as the owner of Varina Farms. He sees the superior horse flesh in Cassandra's horse while helping the birth of her colt. He covets her horse and already feels a desire for Cassandra.

Jackson Lee, a close friend and competitor of Colton, owns another horse ranch but has more refined horses. He also recognizes Cassandra's exceptional horse flesh. He witnesses that Colton and Cassandra are already drawn to each other. He thinks it grand for he worried his friend would never find anyone to manage his terrible temper and rudeness.

Colton offers Cassandra a position on his ranch as steward and housekeeper. It is a grand place for her horses that he plans to keep. He thinks she will fail, give up and leave her horses with him when she returns to England. He doesn't realize what a remarkable woman she is.

Cassandra surprises everyone with her intelligence, strength and integrity. She is stubborn and determined. She finds abuses by his past steward and saves Colton money and horses.

The American revolution is getting underway. Jackson and Colton were discussing new intelligence. Their plans were overheard by Cassandra so they fear her an English spy.

It is a love-hate relationship with a fire so intense you can feel the heat of it coming off the page. I was very impressed by the weave of history in this most erotic love story. The first battle with the British was accurate and so interesting you felt the urgency.

The characters were well-rounded and four-dimensional. You could feel the pull between the main characters and you feel for them in their problems. Their personalities were firmly set in your mind and you flowed with them through their troubles.

I really enjoyed this historical fiction and the romance between Colton and Cassandra that was so heated and erotic it fairly sizzled. I gave it four stars with an A plus on the side.

A note to the authors: I had a little problem with historical accuracy. I think the waltz was not done in America until around 1812 to 1815 when it was introduced to Regency England and Almacks. Also the wilderness of Virginia was referred to as 'The Bush' on one occasion. I believe that term is from Australia and not used in America. The wilderness is simply, the forest, wilds or wilderness. I have never heard that used in North America.

The rest of the history involved in the book is very accurate and so interesting I felt compelled to tell of those two inaccuracies in hopes that they could be corrected. That was not intended to say that I didn't totally and happily enjoy this wonderful book.

I highly recommend this wonderful tale and applaud both authors for their hard and ingenious work. I look forward to more in the future.
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